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Could there be romance brewing on the Heroes set?
If Ellen DeGeneres has her way, there would be.
During an interview on Friday, the talk show host gently grilled Heroes star Masi Oka, 32, about his Emmy date – and new costar – Kristen Bell.
“Is there a little something going on?” DeGeneres inquired about their relationship.
Answered a coy Oka: “Kristin is an absolutely amazing individual both on and off screen. We’re great friends. Everyone has a crush on her.”
But DeGeneres pressed on, ribbing the actor and asking, “So you do have a crush on her?”
“Everyone does,” Oka replied, laughing when DeGeneres would not drop it. “Is she a good kisser or not?” she asked.
As audience members cracked up, Oka ventured: “I’m sure she is.”
Not content to simply (and jokingly) pry into Oka’s private life, the talk show host went one step further: She played matchmaker, revealing that Oka would be the first bachelor in her “Men of Heroes” dating series.
“Ladies, if you’re looking for someone to finally explain what a five-tupple is while cuddling in front of a warm with a glass of Rose, then Masi Oka is your man,” DeGeneres said in her mock dating ad. She continued: “Masi is a Capricorn who enjoys doing karaoke, playing Tetris and being nominated for best supporting actor. Not only can this hero bend the space-time continuum and empty the cache on your Web browser, he can also do a mean human beat box.”
A good sport, Oka replied the best way he could: He beatboxed on the spot.
While the segment may have been all in good fun, Oka is single – and looking. “I’m looking for love myself and I haven’t had much luck there,” he told PEOPLE recently. “I’m single and available.”
And though love may not be blooming between Oka and his costars – yet – he does broach the subject with fellow Heroes actress Hayden Panettiere occasionally.
“She’s the one that gives advice,” he said of his 18-year-old costar.”Hayden always takes care of all of us.”
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